Coming from Benton City, Washington is the #583 of Johnathon Shaw. Johnathon had an outstanding performance in the Amsoil Arenacross Series where he came home with a championship in Open C and 250 C, and was runner up in Schoolboy 2. The Washington athlete came up short in making it to loretta's this year but plans to keep on the grind and focus on getting faster as he plans to race in the B class this year in Arenacross.
Johnathon Shaw: My training consists of going to Rackley Sports Preformance Training on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30. Brian Rackley is an awesome fitness trainer and has helped me out a lot. I also train with Scot Steffy of Steffy MX training when I can. He has helped me out for a long time now. I also ride when I can in between races, baseball.
MP: Talk about your last race and how it went
Johnathon Shaw: My last race was at Washougal MX park for the area qualifier. It was my first outdoor race in 2 months do to racing the Amsoil AX series. Was rusty for sure! My first moto was going great when I crashed my brains out going up horse power hill. I had a pretty good lead when I hit a wet spot and swapped out. Got up and still finished ok. Over all it was a rough weekend but still pulled out a couple overall wins and 2 top 5’s. I raced the 250C and 450C classes.
MP: What's your goals for this year?
Johnathon shaw: My first goal for 2015 was to make it to Vegas for AX and finish on the podium. I did that so now it’s on to the Loretta regional at Washougal in June. If I make it to Loretta’s we will go there and if not we will race Amateur days at Washougal instead. This fall we will try and go to Dodge National Race in Rancho Cordova CA. In the winter I will be racing AX again in the B classes.
MP: How did you first get started racing motocross?
Johnathon Shaw: Well I got started in MX racing from my dad. He bought me a 2002 KTM 50sx when I was 8 years old. Raced a little bit locally then I got a Suzuki RM65 and started racing a lot. My first race was at a track called Mabton MX in Mabton WA. Had fun and crashed a lot cause of the sandy track. Still have my first trophy from that day. I had a little PW50 when I was 4 and would ride around the house or ride with my dad on his bike.
MP: Besides racing, what other things do you like to do in your free time?
Johnathon Shaw: Things I enjoy doing other the racing is play baseball. I play for my high school team as well as play fall ball with the same kids. I also like to go fishing for bass. My main thing is to build BMX jumps in the dirt out front of my house. Summer time my friends and I like to swim in the river and cliff jump at this one spot. I go to a place called get air sometimes too. It’s an indoor trampoline place.
MP: What's the biggest challenge that comes with racing for you?
Johnathon Shaw: I think the biggest challenge with racing MX is overcoming injuries and the death of friends. I have raced against most of them. I also was in a bad wreck a few years back where I broke my leg, wrist, shoulder and ribs along with tearing my spleen. This was very hard to work through and it took me almost a year before I could ride. When I did start riding again the pins in my leg hurt bad but the doctors wouldn’t take them out for another 6-8 months. That sucked! Every time I rode it hurt. Finally got my pins taken out last august. Then to top it off when I did start riding again my Team Green demo bikes were pulled and we didn’t have any bikes that were ours. So without a bike for the next few months until Desert Valley Powersports and MX Premier went to Suzuki and got me a 2014 and 2015 RMZ 250’s. Without there help I would not be racing this year. Thank You!
MP: You raced the Amsoil Arenacross series, how did the whole series go for you?
Johnathon Shaw: Yes I raced the 2015 Amsoil AX series and made it to Vegas for the championship race. It was a great experience and lots of fun. Saturdays practice I didn’t do all that well but was still in pretty good shape with my laps times. Sunday my first heat race sucked, I couldn’t get a start and ended up 9th. My dad had the wrong tires on. Luckily Dunlop came over after Supercross and was there to put the right ones on. After a fresh set of mx 32’s I won all three of my C class races and was 2nd in both my heat race and main in the schoolboy 2 class. I won both the 250C and open C National championships and was runner up in the schoolboy 2 class. Dunlop tires saved the weekend for me. Overall it was a fun time racing with kids from all over the country and making new friends.
MP: If you could describe yourself using one word, what would it be?
Johnathon Shaw: Reckless (My dad says Bonehead though.)
MP: Out of all the tracks you have rode, where is your favorite place to ride?
Johnathon Shaw: My favorite place to ride would have to be Washougal MX and Hangtown in CA. I also like to race my local track Horn Rapids Mx. I guess Washougal would have to be my favorite place though cause after racing when its hot out we can go down to the river and cliff jump.
MP: Finally, who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Johnathon Shaw: I would like to thank the people that help me out. Dan and Chris Denchal with Desert Valley Powersports, also Wayne Hughes with American Suzuki for putting a great deal together. Mark Romman with MX Premier racing for everything you do. Ray and Patty Coffman for letting me train at the track. The Devol family at Devol Racing Suspension. Scot Steffy for mx training, Brian Rackley for my fitness. Dan at Fusion graphix for always making my bike look its best.WPS/ Fly Racing for my gear. Bill Monson of Goose Ridge vineyards and winery for all the support over the years. David Braurer for being my friend and mechanic, My grandparents and my parents. I would also like to thank my sister Kyley, she supports me through all this even though she doesn’t travel with us much. Other sponsors that help me are Mika metals, scott goggles. Hot rods and hot cams, Elaine Derrick with Promoto Promotions for all her help in the past. Dunlop tires and anyone I may have forgot.